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Article: Satchwell enters residential and light commercial PV solar/inverter/battery market

Satchwell, ACTOM’s Paarl-based manufacturer and supplier of domestic and industrial products and components, has entered the solar power generation market by offering system components to contractors, as well as providing turnkey solutions on a select and small-scale basis.

The recent incorporation of Electrical Products’ heating and ventilation unit, with brands Xpelair, Redring and Tempadair, into Satchwell now positions the business firmly in the HVAC&R market.

Satchwell’s recognised domestic and light industrial heating elements and controls, its range of refrigeration components and gas, and now its ventilation and heating appliances places it as a major supplier to the market, with the added benefit of being a local manufacturer.

The boom in the inverter/battery/PV market has provided Satchwell with the opportunity to grow its presence in the domestic/light industrial market as the business has a solid reputation and brand, built up since 1948. Further benefits include Satchwell’s national distribution network in the market and its embedded knowledge of photovoltaic (PV) science gained in the solar water heating space.

“We view our entry into this market as taking the logical next step by introducing solar back-up and photovoltaic installations, from our existing well-established base in the residential market of supplying solar-powered geyser systems to householders nationwide,” said Chanelle Visser, Satchwell’s National Sales Manager.

“Our primary objective is to supply quality system components to the market, including solar panel mounting structures, to installers and contractors. It is important for us to understand what the market requires, so we participate directly in the installation activity on a very small scale because this is where we learn what contractors are faced with in their daily lives, which enables us to develop and roll out products that make their lives easier and profitable,” Chanelle added.